Carol Frechette


Hat Maker & Leather Artisan

Leather, Fiber, Felting

MAP # 12

Open Year-Round by Appointment

Leather Pouches

Contact Information:
Carol Frechette
45301 Pacific Woods Road
Gualala, CA 95445

Phone: 707-934-5163


As an artist, my convictions lie deeply within the Natural World around me, and I am forever thinking about how best I can integrate these natural resources into my designs. I source materials from unexpected places that inspire and bring character into each product I make.

A fine balance of craft and art, the material expresses what it wants to become. The flaws create the interest, the drama — the inside becomes the outside, and the complexities become the most interesting. The natural beauty enhances our craft/our lives, bringing it to our everyday experience.

I dedicated 20 years to designing, manufacturing, and selling hats all over the globe. I now carefully craft each article in my studio, using a diversity of sustainable and organic fabrics, upcycled and local leathers and hides, and other resources from our Northern California Fibershed. It is not unusual for me to meet with local sheep farmers, even to attend and assist with sheep shearings, to purchase some of their wool; or to visit the naturally colored cotton fields in Capay Valley, where I procure beautiful yarn and fabrics that grow in the field in their natural colors of brown and green. Branches on the forest floor become buttons; sheep wool becomes hats; hides become coveted clutches; scrap leather destined for the landfill are transformed into whimsical pouches.

Thoughtfully selecting materials for variety and color, for their best utilization, I then craft with time honored traditional methods creating works that are personal and timeless. I look forward to showing you around my studio in the redwoods.